Enya: SAT1 TV Interview
Torgen Schneider, Interviewer
SAT1 TV (Germany), 19 November 2005**
Torgen: Would you like to live for another hundred years and find out what itís like?
Enya: I think the answer would be yes. Because I think curiosity is something, you know, that gets the better out of everything. I would be fascinated of whatís gonna happen. Yeah, I would.
Torgen: The image you or the people have of you is so content and quiet. A lot of people canít even think of you as a business woman. But you are a business woman also. How do you combine these two things?
Enya: I think itís to do with the nature of my work. When I write melodies I got the opportunity ... I write the melodies on my own in the studio. I got the opportunity to... Itís kind of therapeutic ... to ask a lot of questions and to get a lot of answers within the sort of who I am and that to me keeps me a kind of very centred and very calm. Because of the nature of the work. And trying to sort of ... write this melody is a kind of challenge emotionally. And because of that Iím continually sort of questioning and answering myself, which I find again and itís very therapeutic.
Torgen: For what I found of last night, it was the first for me, cause you were there with Roma and Nicky, and I realised that Enya is not just you, Enya is almost like a trio with your name. Is it bad when I say that or is there some truth to that?
Enya: They are two people that have always worked with me. From day one. And when I wrote my first melody it was Nicky and Roma who heard the first melody and it was an instrumental. And last night I said, Roma said: This is very visual and hence we started to work a soundtrack. But as far as any of these two people ... I do not feel so, cause all the time I spend looking for the melody, that is the beginning of a song and itís very much to do with my own life and itís kind of like my own journey and then I present this melody, this song to Nicky and Roma and when I see the reaction, that they can sort of sense the emotional sort of feelings, that Iím trying to express, when I can see that they get the same feelings that I have, then I know that we have a song, and thatís when they get involved. With sort of the arrangement, the musical arrangements, recording and the lyrics. So, itís very much on my own firstly.
Torgen: But they are very much part of...
Enya: They were there from day one. I mean they encouraged me from my first melody. That is so wonderful, to have two people to believe in you and to encourage you at such an early stage.
Torgen: And Roma is wonderful. I talked to her. Sheís funny. And her daughter is writing now too.
Enya: She started writing now, too. Yeah, she helped Roma put together the book. Because Roma was trying to get across, like, Roma tries to get across whatís behind some of the lyrics. And itís special because of the fact that she has created this fictional language. She wanted to, kind of, explain it. And sheís in a great contact with her daughter Ebony, and that regarded she has, kind of, said it. How would you word this if I tell you what I wanted to say? So Ebony helped her so to put it into so few words, then what Roma that Roma might have said.
Torgen: This whole new language, doesnít it confuse. Does it get confusing sometimes? Like, do you start singing a song in a fantasy language, and then realise, oh this was supposed in real English or something?
Enya: Itís a process. Itís all a very slow process, putting a song together and what happens is when I present the song to Nicky and Roma firstly, Iíam actually singing, Iím playing the piano, Iím actually singing sounds that I make. Just, it helps me so to perform the song and try to get as much emotional felling in that performance if I make sounds. And I think Roma wanted to base, you know, to try to keep some of the sounds that I was making, but make it, that it wasnít just purely sound, but it was lyric, and thatís a fictional sort of language. But before working on the songs, we had the lyric in English, we had the story, and therefore it was a case of having the English language, and it just, it just didnít, you know sort of, make the contact with the melody the way we had hoped it would . So the story is this emotional journey this man is having, and itís all sort of this beautiful cities he visits, but itís not physical, so we had the story, but it just didnít work. So we had the story, we tried gaelic then, we tried latin, it just didnít do the work with the melody, so Roma had worked with me just previously on "Lord of the Rings" and sheíd studied the elvish language and had sung in elvish, and she really enjoyed the process. Thatís were it started with: What if I create a fictional language? And we thought: Wow, yes. So she came up with syun braja. So I though: That, that I can sing. But itís just a slow melody that it was just, it was you know beautiful to sing it.
Torgen: The lettering (in the complimentary promo book) was a little like runes in the book. I mean, I like the elfish. ... I donít know. Itís nice.
Torgen: You live in a castle. And thereís another one living in a castle. And thatís Kate Bush. And it took you five years to bring out a new record, Kate Bush twelve years, so whatís so special about living in a castle that you donít seem to care whatís going on? You take your time.
Enya: So, basically, you asked me what have I done the last five years? Well the last album ďA Day Without RainĒ was released the year 2000 and I went on a very long promotional trip. Because itís a worldwide success and you know, itís April and Iím in Australia and in New Zealand and then back to Tokyo and back to America and then after that I worked on the soundtrack ďLord of the ringsĒ which was a very special project for me, because I read the book when I was seventeen, I loved the book and you know, to be involved in the project with Peter Jackson, it was absolutely wonderful, so then I took some time out to actually finish restoring my castle, because I was only moving in, in the year 2002, to my home. So it took a little bit of time to, sort of, finish it. So like my album Iwouldnít led anybody into the castle until I finish it. So I had a kind of a little grand opening and had parties to, you know, let people see the castle, thereís a lot of interest in the castle, like what work Iíve have done.
Torgen: Iím totally like... curious. What do you do in a castle. I always wanted to live in a castle. When I was a little boy I went to all the castles along the river Rhine. And what do you do in a castle? Do you brew stuff?
Enya: I have to say, that itís a small castle. Because there is no sort of big ballrooms. So when I walked into the castle, it was very much a castle on the exterior, but the interior is very much a home. And that is what I loved about it. And the location is stunning and beautiful. It is just overlooking the Irish Sea and the Wicklow Mountains. It is so beautiful. It just sort of felt, I wanted to bring it back to ... there had been a fire there, It was built in 1840, and there had been a fire there, and since the renovations from the fire, it had been a little bit of (?) with a mixture sort of kind of eras and I thought, this isnít right. So I kind of tried to recreate without making it into a museum piece...to keep, you know, that it was my home. I kind of brought it back to being a Victorian romantic castle. So I was fond in that. It was a great party.
Torgen: Not bad, not bad.
Torgen: How does rain influence in your music. Cause, when I listen to your music it reminds me of a wonderful, lazy rainy afternoon. I donít know. Itís probably just me, but does this rain does probably have an influence on your music?
Enya: I think the element of nature comes trough very much on the album A Day Without Rain, and then we have Itís in the rain. Itís something that I like to do ... is to go for a walk in the morning, before I go to work in the morning. It could be raining a little, you sit and you look at the Irish sea. Itís very calming. Itís a beautiful way to start the day. And in that regard I really appreciate, you know, a sort of, the environment, you know, that it is beautiful. I donít know how long itís gonna last like that, but live for the day, enjoy it for today and donít lose sight of that. But rain, if you are indoors, not outdoors can be very, a sort of, therapeutic. And can be very reflective. You know you sit there and you are kind of reminiscent itís like making you a sort of think and you know... and so it was a kind of like, that was the theme for the song. Take the moment... and what do you hear.. and what does it mean, it doesnít necessarily have to mean youíre actually caught in the rain, itís more to do with being reflective, making you think about your life in general.
Torgen: To me itís like, when I have a rainy afternoon, it brings me a state of tranquillity. Thatís why I like... and I listen to your music.
Torgen: After September 11th, when Only time became some sort of, like the anthem for what happened there. How did you react first, when you noticed that they were using your song for that? Did they ask you?
Enya: The request did come through. They had the footage, and I felt that it was important to say yes, because I wanted to help in any way possible with you know, they had to deal with this dramatic sort of moment and they were all quite lost. And they were listening to very different music at that moment and one of this was Only time. And the lyrics of Only Time deal with how time can be so healing, but only time can tell when itís the right moment. And in that regard, it was nice to be able to help them, to try and heal in some way and I went to the States and I went to New York in October and it was very emotional, because theyíre again very traumatised, but they were saying ďthank youĒ not just for the music, but ďthank youĒ for coming along, you know, to New York. Because they felt that they needed people to, sort of, love them and, sort of, give them back their lives again. Theyíll always have the wounds of 9/11, but have a sort of, I feel, that if you go back now into the city itís very much New York again, which Iím glad to say. You know in that regard theyíve had a process, where they have had been healed.
Torgen: How would you define friendship?
Enya: Nicky and Roma.
Torgen: How would you describe yourself?
Enya: How should I ... Strong and honest.
Torgen: Are you a happy person?
Enya: Yes, I am.
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